|2019 Army Reenlistment Bonus
2019 Army Reenlistment Bonus
WASHINGTON -- Effective Sept. 9, Soldiers willing to reenlist in
some of the Army's most in-demand careers have the chance to
receive up to $81,000 in lump-sum bonuses -- the highest amount
in more than five years, officials announced today.
In addition to critical fields, this latest announcement also offers a
wide range of cash options for Soldiers re-upping for longer
commitments, or reclassifying into needed fields.
"Reenlistment bonuses are reviewed continuously, and encourage
long-term retention of Soldiers going into or staying in critical skills,"
said Sgt. Maj. Mark Thompson, the senior Army career counselor.
In other words, he added, the Army is investing heavily in its people,
with hopes that they continue their investment in the Army.
The payouts are based on critical skills and selective retention.
The Selective Retention Bonus program is designed to incentivize
Soldiers to maintain their current military occupational specialty or
reclassify into another MOS based on demands for the individual jobs.
Understanding not every Soldier will commit to longer terms, to
sweeten the offer, last year the Army instituted the ability for Soldiers
to extend their service versus reenlisting.
"We're incentivizing the longer-term commitments without taking
away the ability for Soldiers to choose shorter-term commitments,
too," Thompson said.
These efforts have directly impacted the "historically high retention
rates" the Army is currently experiencing, Thompson added. At least
82% of eligible Soldiers have already reenlisted in fiscal year 2019.
"The Army is experiencing an unprecedented success in the retention
program due in large part from engaged leaders and
professionally-developed career counselors," Thompson said,
adding, "The Army continuously evaluates the current enlisted
strengths with future projections to establish precision incentives."
Although retention is at a historic high, the Army still needs to fill
certain fields. The price tag actually creates a cost-effective solution
to fill those positions internally, Thompson added.
"Investing in Soldiers with critical skills -- such as cyber, intelligence,
Special Forces, etc. -- helps meet the retention needed to strengthen
the Army's ability to size, shape, and stabilize its force," he said.
Bonuses are categorized into tiers, one through 10, with the latter
having the largest payout.
Examples of top-tier fields include cyber and Special Forces. One
of the smallest bonuses would occur with an individual in tier one,
who may receive $1,000 for extending their service through
reenlistment 12-23 months.
On the other hand, for example, a staff sergeant wishing to move
into, or currently in, a tier 10 MOS, and extends service by at least
five years may become eligible for the maximum payout.
The Army will match increased commitment with increased bonus
The intent of the SRB tier changes is to appropriately incentivize
long-term reenlistments, Thompson said. For example, a cavalry
scout sergeant on the old SRB message would get $7,800 for a
six-year reenlistment; the new SRB Message will give the same
Soldier $9,900; this is an increase of $2,100.
Bonus amounts depend upon a Soldier's primary MOS, rank, time
in service with skill identifiers, or reclassification into high-demand
careers. However, individuals reclassifying will receive payment
upon completion of training.
Another example of bonuses includes location stabilization.
Soldiers who reenlist for a location-specific bonus will be stabilized
for a minimum of 24 months (12 months if reenlisting for a short tour
area) unless otherwise directed.
Investing in Soldiers is nothing new for the Army, Thompson said,
adding, "The chief of staff's No. 1 priority is people, and we are
investing in that priority."
This is the sixth bonus message this fiscal year, with rates in 85
skills increasing, 88 decreasing, and 671 not changing.
Another example is infantrymen, who have six different SRB
variations across four different skill levels, and five different
reenlistment terms, creating hundreds of possible bonus
variations across multiple MOSs. In addition, roughly 45% of
the Army is eligible for a potential payday for reenlisting Soldiers.
"The Army consistently reviews structure and projected strength
requirements, and releases bonus messages as necessary,"
Soldiers with questions pertaining to bonuses and eligibility
requirements should contact their servicing career counselors..
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